Illustrated poetry anthology book of Hong Konger covers based on The New Yorker magazine to be published in December 2021
After subverting 70 New Yorker magazine covers for Hong Kong, disabled writer and illustrator Sophia Hotung publishes a coffee table book
Creating Hong Kong versions of New Yorker covers started as a way to pass the time. Bored and bed-ridden with a slew of autoimmune diseases that no longer responded to treatment, Sophia Hotung started illustrating Hong Kongers as a joke to share with friends. The joke snowballed, however, leading to exhibitions, expos, and now a book. The
Hong Konger Anthology features 70 of Hotung’s favourite illustrated Hong Konger covers alongside a compendium of zany, thoughtful, and satirical poems that subvert and adapt elements of well-known western and Chinese poetry just as the Hong Konger prints subvert and adapt the New Yorker covers — all this as a celebration of Hong Kong’s melting pot of synthesised international and local influences. Review copies are available, and Sophia Hotung is available for interviews. Please reach out to Sophia Hotung at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Hong Konger Anthology
December 2021 | 7 x 10 in. | 160 pages | Paperback | HK$310 | ISBN: 9789887603306
About Sophia Hotung
Sophia Hotung is a disabled, Eurasian illustrator and writer from Hong Kong. She is best
known for her Hong Konger cover collection, where she adapts New Yorker magazine covers to reflect, satirise, or critique elements of Hong Kong. Her work has been exhibited in Soho House, Eaton Hong Kong, TwentyCinco, The Wild Lot, and Lanson Place, where she won an Art Next International Artist Excellence Award at Art Next Expo 2021. The Hong Konger Anthology is her first book.
Before becoming an artist in March 2021, she studied English, Economics, and History at Barnard College in New York and worked in journalism, crisis communications, and IT in New York, Edinburgh, London, and Hong Kong. She left traditional work when her
autoimmune chronic illnesses became unmanageable in 2020. Through her writing and art, she advocates for chronic illness patients and workers, as well as subverts and rethinks the ways we reflect on and discuss disability, gender, race, and socio-economic disparities in Hong Kong and abroad.